April and Anthony study everything around them -- the animals, the plants, the rocks, the weather, well...everything. They use their five senses and take a lot of notes. Their field notes help them to write their books.
April's book, Dig, Wait, Listen, is based on her study of the natural world. Factual information can result in a great story!
April says, "What I advise is to get out there, get muddy, and get involved. I find that my writing comes alive when I talk about the sights, sounds and smells that I have encountered myself."
Why would a toad live underground? April tells us more in Dig, Wait, Listen.